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Its Bloomsday!-16 June1904-16June2010


Catalpa

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I always read some of James Joyce's great work Ulysses on this day.

The great thing about it is that so much of old Dublin is still there!

DEAR DIRTY DUBLIN

Dubliners.
-- Two Dublin vestals, Stephen said, elderly and pious, have lived fifty and
fiftythree years in Fumbally's lane.
-- Where is that? the professor asked.
-- Off Blackpitts, Stephen said.
Damp night reeking of hungry dough. Against the wall. Face
glistering tallow under her fustian shawl. Frantic hearts. Akasic records.
Quicker, darlint!
On now. Dare it. Let there be life.
-- They want to see the views of Dublin from the top of Nelson's pillar.
They save up three and tenpence in a red tin letterbox moneybox. They
shake out the threepenny bits and sixpences and coax out the pennies with
the blade of a knife. Two and three in silver and one and seven in coppers.
They put on their bonnets and best clothes and take their umbrellas for fear
it may come on to rain.
-- Wise virgins, professor MacHugh said.

http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/jod/ulysses/ulys7.txt

Though today's wise virgins cannot aspire to view Erin's Metropolis from such a lofty perch as their predecessors...
 


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Same year this woman was born and set out on her epic journey

Alice Herz Sommer, 106, plays Chopin
You see the connection of course?:)

I was in Sachenhausen (near Berlin) last week

- ended up taking pics of a group of Falasha Jews (I think they were anyway) who were there to lay a wreath to commemorate the victims.

The sign Arbeit macht frei is part of the gate there too.
 

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I always read some of James Joyce's great work Ulysses on this day.

The great thing about it is that so much of old Dublin is still there!

DEAR DIRTY DUBLIN

Dubliners.
-- Two Dublin vestals, Stephen said, elderly and pious, have lived fifty and
fiftythree years in Fumbally's lane.
-- Where is that? the professor asked.
-- Off Blackpitts, Stephen said.
Damp night reeking of hungry dough. Against the wall. Face
glistering tallow under her fustian shawl. Frantic hearts. Akasic records.
Quicker, darlint!
On now. Dare it. Let there be life.
-- They want to see the views of Dublin from the top of Nelson's pillar.
They save up three and tenpence in a red tin letterbox moneybox. They
shake out the threepenny bits and sixpences and coax out the pennies with
the blade of a knife. Two and three in silver and one and seven in coppers.
They put on their bonnets and best clothes and take their umbrellas for fear
it may come on to rain.
-- Wise virgins, professor MacHugh said.

http://www9.georgetown.edu/faculty/jod/ulysses/ulys7.txt

Though today's wise virgins cannot aspire to view Erin's Metropolis from such a lofty perch as their predecessors...
Joyce would have had fun with the FSAI:

Bloomsday inspection a bit rich, says Norris

While Joycean scholars from around the world were tucking into thick giblet soup and nutty gizzards at the James Joyce Centre on North Great George’s Street in Dublin on Bloomsday, the authority carried out an inspection to make sure all was well.

The inspection during the Bloomsday celebration breakfast has caused irritation to leading Joycean, Senator David Norris.

“Meaningless”, said the senator yesterday, adding it was “opportunistic”, as the restaurant at the centre only opens one day a year to put on a Bloomsday breakfast.

A spokeswoman for the authority confirmed the premises had been visited on Bloomsday by an inspector. “There had been a coffee shop there which was subject to regular inspection, but as that closed down and the restaurant was only open for the one day, it was the only time the premises could be inspected,” she said.
Such dedication.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2010/0619/1224272869358.html
 

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Give this one a bumP

So then the citizen begins talking about the Irish language and the
corporation meeting and all to that and the shoneens that can't speak
their own language and Joe chipping in because he stuck someone for
a quid and Bloom putting in his old goo with his twopenny stump that
he cadged off of Joe and talking about the Gaelic league and the
antitreating league and drink, the curse of Ireland. Antitreating
is about the size of it. Gob, he'd let you pour all manner of drink
down his throat till the Lord would call him before you'd ever
see the froth of his pint. And one night I went in with a fellow
into one of their musical evenings, song and dance about she could
get up on a truss of hay she could my Maureen Lay and there was a fellow
with a Ballyhooly blue ribbon badge spiffing out of him in Irish and a lot
of colleen bawns going about with temperance beverages and selling medals
and oranges and lemonade and a few old dry buns, gob, flahoolagh
entertainment, don't be talking. Ireland sober is Ireland free. And then
an old fellow starts blowing into his bagpipes and all the gougers
shuffling their feet to the tune the old cow died of. And one or two sky
pilots having an eye around that there was no goings on with the females,
hitting below the belt.
 

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